Make a weekend of it - visit Chester

There's so much to see and do in Chester that it can be hard to fit it all in, in one day. If you are coming up to Chester for an Applicant Day (or if you want to show off where you will be coming to your friends and family), then why not make a weekend of it and fully immerse yourself in the Chester lifestyle?

I'm going to start off with the main touristy stuff that everyone does at some point during their time at Chester. Visit the city centre: this many sound stupid and obvious, but the city centre contains so much apart from shops and restaurants! First there is the cathedral, which is definitely worth a visit - and if you have a chance and aren't afraid of heights, then definitely do the Cathedral at Height tour, as it is a lot of fun and the views are honestly amazing from the top! Next, if you want a break from all the shopping then I recommend a walk along the walls - but don't forget to stop at Dinky Donuts first (located under the clocktower), for some amazing doughnuts as you wander around them. If you really want to understand the history of Chester and hear some funny stories, then a trip on the old London-style bus that stops outside the town hall is a must! It's great fun and only lasts about an hour, taking you all around the famous sights of Chester. A final tourist visit would be to take a boat trip along the river Dee: it's so much fun, and relaxing!

Where to go for food? Well, there are loads of places, for all types of budgets, all offering amazing food! In the city centre there is what I call the ‘restaurant street’, because that's what is mostly there. You have things like Bella Italia, Nando's, Urbano 32, Slug and Lettuce, Yo Sushi! etc. Up on the rows sits Mad Hatters, which does an amazing afternoon tea! There are also some great pubs around if you want some good pub food, and my personal recommendation is The Red Lion - but there is also the Brewery Tap, the Pied Bull and so many more… it would take too long to list them all, so just have a wander round and I am sure you will find somewhere you want to eat! But don't forget to visit Off the Waffle and/or Hanky Panky Pancakes - they're famous in Chester!

My Sunday recommendation is a visit to Chester Zoo, especially if you've never been before. It does honestly take the whole day to walk around, and Sunday is usually it's quietest day, which means you are likely to see more animals! If you do decide to go there, make sure you book at least a day in advance for discount on your tickets! And if you're not a big animal fan, or your feet are pretty sore from the day before, then I recommend Cheshire Oaks - it is a huge retail park that has lots of great high-end shops, that offer so much discount! It also contains the cinema and bowling alley, and lots more restaurants that you will most likely visit during your time here in Chester.

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